Friday, November 7, 2008

My Camera

Photography is one of my hobbies. It's something that I can do anywhere, whether it's in the mountains or on the road. It really makes you look at things in a whole new perspective. I find it inspiring. Here is the equipment I use:

  • Pentax K10D SLR. I bought this camera with the intention of buying old used film lenses. Many I have been able to find relatively cheap. It's also weather proof which is perfect for being in the outdoors. I've been extremely happy with my choice.
  • Pentax f3.5-5.6 18-55mm w/ Polarizing Filer. This is my all around basic lens. I love the filter for sunny days. It can really bring out vivid colors in the sky.
  • Sigma Fisheye f2.8 16mm. This is probably my favorite Lens at the moment. It acts more like a wideangle lens than a fisheye on my camera. I love this lens for landscapes and mountains to really get a full feeling.
  • Pentax Macro f2.8 50mm. This is one of my newer lenses. I haven't had the opportunity to play around with it too much yet, but it should be able to take some amazing close-ups.
  • Soligor f4.5-5.6 80-200mm. This is my telephoto zoom lens. It works great for wildlife. It was my primary use in Denali Park. Not the best quality when fully zoomed, but it works.
  • Soligor Telephoto f4.5 300mm. Another new lens. I bought the macro and the fisheye together used and the guy threw this in with it. I've only used it once so far, but I got some amazing detail on a bald eagle across the street. A tripod is a must have for this lens.
I also use a Konica Minolta Image DiMage X50. It's a point and shoot. The quality of this camera isn’t exceptional, but it gets the job done. It’s compact and has an aluminum body, making it pretty sturdy to throw around and put in pockets. It’s nice to have on hand.

* Note: Digital cameras have a smaller sensor than a film camera. The digital lens equivelent is approximately 1.5x that of a film camera (for the Pentax K10D). This explains why the 16mm "fisheye" lens is actually more like a 24mm wideangle lens on my Pentax. The 300mm telephoto lens is more like a 450mm lens. You lose on the wide angle end and gain on the telephoto end.

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